HaLapid 1999

Emerging Fragments

Emerging Fragments

When the first Valerio, Martín Fernandez Valerio, marched up into Northern New Mexico in 1694, what dreams, prayers and fears were in his mind? He was only a twelve year old boy, and there are no records of his parents. They did not accompany him. He walked singly, up through the long, harsh desert passage, […]

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My Family History

My Family History

Pedro Gonzalez de Paredes was born in Amusco, Valencia, sometime around 1560. His family was from Paredes (de Nava), which is not far from Amusco. In Paredes there was a thriving Sephardic community which at one time had a rabbi from Germany. (This is reported by Yitzak Baer) The Gonzalez family was a member of […]

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Gomez Peiera

Gomez Peiera

Next year it will be the fifth Centenary of Gomez Pereira’s birth. This physician and philosopher was born in Spain in 1500, studied at Salamanca University and practiced in his home town of Medina del Campo. He was Physician to the Spanish Royal Court. Pereira wrote two books: Antoniana Margarita (1554) a philosophical work in […]

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A Drizzle of Honey

A Drizzle of Honey

David Gitlitz’s new book with co-author and wife, Linda Kay Davidson is A Drizzle of Honey: the Lives and Recipes of Spain’s Secret Jews. Suggested price is $29.95, discounted to $26.95. Published by St. Martin’s Press. When he was at the Summer 1997 Denver conference of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies, Gitlitz said he […]

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How a South Texas Mexican American Came to the Conclusion That She Is Jewish

How a South Texas Mexican American Came to the Conclusion That She Is Jewish

Like Judaism itself my story has several sides, historical, cultural and spiritual, that blend together to become a complex entity I grew up in a small South Texas town within a small group of Baptist families of Mexican –American decent. We were a minority within a minority so it always felt natural to be different […]

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Card Playing to Hide Jewish Identity

Card Playing to Hide Jewish Identity

In his presentation to the 1999 SCJS Conference in Los Angeles, Seth Ward told of a woman from Northern New Mexico whom he had interviewed. She was describing the Crypto Jewish practices of her family and told about playing cards every September with her Grandmother. Playing cards was an annual ritual of the family that […]

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The Poetry of Leonor De Carvajal and The Crypto-Jewish Tradition In New Spain

The Poetry of Leonor De Carvajal and The Crypto-Jewish Tradition In New Spain

This is based on two articles. The prime source was: “La poesía de Leonor de Carvajal y la tradición de los cryptojudíos en Nueva Esapaña” by Michelle M. Hamilton (University of California, Berkeley) which appeared in Sefarad, Año 60, Fasc. 1, Madrid 2000. Additional information was obtained from an article by Moshé Shaul in Aki […]

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Ferrara: Spiritual Haven for Conversos in the Early Renaissance

Ferrara: Spiritual Haven for Conversos in the Early Renaissance

During the sixteenth century reigns of Alfonso and Ercole of the House of Este, the Duchy of Ferrara became known as a spiritual haven and a safe place for Sephardic Jews and conversos. Those who had been forcibly converted to Catholicism could return to the faith of their ancestors, and all could practice Judaism again […]

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Ferrara: Spiritual Haven for Conversos in the Early Renaissance

Ferrara: Spiritual Haven for Conversos in the Early Renaissance

During the sixteenth century reigns of Alfonso and Ercole of the House of Este, the Duchy of Ferrara became known as a spiritual haven and a safe place for Sephardic Jews and conversos. Those who had been forcibly converted to Catholicism could return to the faith of their ancestors, and all could practice Judaism again […]

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Dr. Hector Nuñes, Portuguese Physician, Merchant and Crypto Jew in Elizabethan England 1547-1591

Dr. Hector Nuñes, Portuguese Physician, Merchant and Crypto Jew in Elizabethan England 1547-1591

Dr. Hector Nuñes, lying in the throes of approaching death in September of 1591, commended “ unto God and to his protection his honor Lord Burghley and all his noble familie.” In the same breath, he also sought Burghley’s aid “to protect and assist my poore wife in all needful and reasonable causes.” These comments […]

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